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  • ccsmod15
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    Hi there,

    Thanks for contacting NRS. It’s understandable you’re looking for independence when you are so close to turning 18. While we are not legal experts, we can speak in general terms. Typically, there are three ways you can leave legally:

    The easiest way to leave is through receiving permission to leave from your legal guardian. We realize this can be difficult; maybe there is a friend, colleague, or relative who could help communicate how you’re feeling.

    If safety is a concern, Child Protective Services may be another option.

    Lastly, if you can show you can support yourself financially and independently, emancipation might be an option. Emancipation grants minors the legal rights of adults. This may be a lengthy and expensive process, so it is not always advised, especially when you are close to turning 18.

    With all of this said, the exact rules differ by Tennessee and local laws, and your best choice may vary depending on your unique circumstances. We encourage you to reach out through online chat or phone. The online chat link is on our website (www.1800runaway.org), and our phone number is 1-800-RUN-AWAY.

    We look forward to hearing from you soon. Stay safe and best wishes,

    NRS

  • Guest
    Guest replied
    I have very little time before i turn 18 is it legal to leave 3 months before my 18 b day in tenneseee

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  • ccsmod5
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    Thanks for reaching out to the National Runaway Safeline. We are here to listen and help as best as we can. It sounds like you are going through a really tough time not having your youth home and being unsure of their safety. He is lucky to have someone that cares so much about them.

    You mentioned not knowing if you should report your son as a runaway or not, typically we do recommend you do so. You can further explore this by contacting your local law enforcement to file a runaway report. We are not legal experts here, but typically it is not illegal to run away or leave home without permission. It’s considered a status offense and typically parents are not held responsible for this; still it would be helpful to contact the non-emergency number for your local police to gather as much information as possible. However, if a runaway report is filed, police that encounter a runaway youth will work to return them home when found. Keep in mind though, that the efforts made to search for runaway youth can vary from state to state or even within districts. Often it is up to the parents to advocate for themselves and keep track of the steps taken to find your youth.

    If you have a way to communicate with your son either email, text, phone, or social media you can inform them that we are offer confidential 24/7 support. We can try to locate some resources that could be of assistance, wherever they are located, to help keep them safe. If you do not have contact with your child, we also offer a message service where parents can call us to leave a message for their child. If the youth calls in, we can deliver this message. We also take messages from youth to their parents that we deliver. This can be a great option for you to express yourself in a safe, productive, and non-confrontational way. If you choose to utilize our message service, its best to spread the word to anyone you think may be in contact with your child to increase the chances of your message being retrieved.

    During a time like this, it can be important to remember your own self-care. Taking care of yourself and feeling heard can make an overwhelming situation more manageable. You can always call us at 1-800-RUNAWAY to talk or find additional resources.

    Stay strong,
    NRS

  • Guest
    Guest replied
    Hi. My 17 yo son will be 18 in 4 weeks. He ran away from home his morning because I tried to take him back to rehab for drug use. We live in Washington State. Do we need to report him as a runaway? He has a phone with service we pay for and he has promised to let us know he is okay. Are there any legal risks to not reporting him or any legal protections in reporting him. I am specifically worried about him committing crime and his dad and I being liable for it because he is still a minor.

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  • ccsmod9
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    Hi there,

    Thank you for writing to us here at National Runaway Safeline (NRS). We understand it takes great courage to reach out, and we appreciate you sharing a little bit about what’s going on. It seems there is a lot that you are faced with right now and you’re feeling like leaving is one of your only options. It seems you want to know some information on runaway laws.

    While we are not experts on the law, 18 is generally the age that an individual may leave home without parent permission. If you are under 18 and leave home, your parent/guardian may file you as a runaway and you may be returned home. Also, those you stay with may run the risk of being charged with harboring a runaway. For more specifics on the law, the local non-emergency police or legal aid may better answer legal questions.

    We are here as support to help through this challenging time. We can best help by phone or chat as NRS is unable to respond more than twice by forum to assist you. If you would like to talk more in detail please call or chat soon.

    Our contact information is 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929); www.1800runaway.org (click on the chat button).

    If you are at risk of any danger or feeling unsafe, we encourage you to reach out to 911 or seek emergency assistance immediately.

    Be safe,

    NRS

  • Guest
    Guest replied
    I feel like running away but i don’t want to get in trouble, at the same time I want to leave my home and continue my Highschool studies just out of my home for the time being.

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  • ccsmod15
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    Hi there,
    Thank you for writing to us here at National Runaway Safeline (NRS). We understand it takes great courage to reach out, and we appreciate you sharing a little bit about what’s going on. It seems there is a lot that you are faced with right now and you’re feeling like leaving is one of your only options. It seems you want to know some information on runaway laws.
    While we are not experts on the law, 18 is generally the age that an individual may leave home without parent permission. If you are under 18 and leave home, your parent/guardian may file you as a runaway and you may be returned home. Also, those you stay with may run the risk of being charged with harboring a runaway. For more specifics on the law, the local non-emergency police or legal aid may better answer legal questions.
    We are here as support to help through this challenging time. We can best help by phone or chat as NRS is unable to respond more than twice by email to assist you. If you would like to talk more in detail please call or chat soon.
    Our contact information is 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929); www.1800runaway.org (click on the chat button).
    If you are at risk of any danger or feeling unsafe, we encourage you to reach out to 911 or seek emergency assistance immediately.
    Be safe,
    NRS

  • Guest
    Guest replied
    Will the cops take me back home if I run away at 17 and a half i live in Washington

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  • ccsmod15
    commented on Guest's reply
    Hi -

    Thanks for writing to us here at National Runaway Safeline (NRS). We appreciate you reaching out and sharing a bit about what’s going on. It sounds like you’re in a very tough, stressful situation. It’s great that you are looking for options and resources.

    While we are not experts on the law, typically an individual must be at least 18 years old to leave home legally without permission from their legal guardian. If you leave your group home before you turn 18, your legal guardian may file a report on you as a runaway with the police.

    If this happens and you stay with your friend, they may run the risk of being charged with harboring a runaway. You would also most likely be returned to your foster home.

    For more specifics on the law, the local non-emergency police or legal aid may better answer legal questions.

    We are here as support to help through this challenging time. If you would like to talk more in detail please call or chat soon. Our contact information is 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929); www.1800runaway.org (click on the chat button).

    If you are at risk of any danger or feeling unsafe, we encourage you to reach out to 911 or seek emergency assistance immediately.

    Be safe,
    NRS

  • Guest
    Guest replied
    Hi, I was wondering. Im in foster care and I turn 18 in less than a month but I live in a very unstable and abusive group home. I don't feel safe here. I was wondering if my friend could get in trouble if they took me in until I'm 18?

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  • ccsmod16
    commented on Guest's reply
    Hi,
    Thank you for reaching out to us; we are glad that you did. It sounds like you have survived and gone through so very much, between the sexual abuse you survived and the abuse by your grandfather and his wife, you are clearly a very strong person, and so very brave. You care about your siblings which shows you are also a warm and loving person, in spite of all the hurt you've survived.
    We are glad to hear that you are in a safe environment and we hope that you can stay. You never, ever deserved any of the treatment you endured. None of what you went through is OK at all. Clearly there is concern about your younger siblings in the home where, it sounds like, you were sexually abused by your stepdad.
    Because you posted in our public forum and your situation is so specific, we truly hope that you will reach out to us either by our phone hotline at 1-800-786-2929 (1-800-RUNAWAY), or chat us through this website. Being able to have a conversation with you about all of this will help us help you discover your options and make a plan for your situation, whether that is looking for a legal resource for you or something else that we think of together while talking.
    We truly hope that you will reach out to us. We are here 24/7 and are confidential to you. You deserve help, and we will do our best to help you find it.
    Sincerely,
    NRS

  • Guest
    Guest replied
    Hi I’m 16 years old and I live in ---------- I have been getting sexual abused by my step dad for a long time and I’m having a lot of anxiety and nightmares from it when I was little my mom and dad were into drugs and drinking a lot so I got taken away from them and my grandpa adopted me my grandfather is abusive and worse then anyone in my family his wife is from -------- and she does things the way she was raised she would leave bruises on me and hurt me cuss me out and even got out of a child abuse case because she had a friend who was a lawyer to drop the cases since I was so younge I didn’t know what to do I have a little brother who lives with them but my grandfather had enough and gave me to my real mom without permission of the law I have half siblings over there and I’m scared my step dad is going to abuse them as well I recently moved out to a better inviroment without parent consent and no police have looked for me because they believe I will return home but I can’t I have proof of the abuse and that he did it to my sister as well she’s 18 now she got kicked out by my mom because my mom told her she was supposed to be an abortion and she told her she didn’t want her so she had to move but legally we weren’t hers on our papers it says child neglect I need to get my siblings out of there my step dad has already threatened me because he is in a gang he told me his people will get me and I can’t say anything about what he did to me because he will destroy my life I’m worried about my 8year old little sister my 4 year old brother he need to be caught because he will continue to do it he has many warrants out for his arrest he’s 67 I believe please help
    Last edited by ccsmod16; 07-23-2021, 09:41 PM. Reason: Removed placenames

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  • ccsmod15
    commented on Guest's reply
    Hi there,
    Thank you for writing to us here at National Runaway Safeline (NRS). We understand it takes great courage to reach out, and we appreciate you sharing a little bit about what’s going on. It seems there is a lot that you are faced with right now and you’re feeling like leaving is one of your only options. It seems you want to know some information on runaway laws.
    While we are not experts on the law, 18 is generally the age that an individual may leave home without parent permission. If you are under 18 and leave home, your parent/guardian may file you as a runaway and you may be returned home. Also, those you stay with may run the risk of being charged with harboring a runaway. For more specifics on the law, the local non-emergency police or legal aid may better answer legal questions.
    Since you might have parent permission as long as they don’t actually report you as a runaway to police there likely won’t be any action taken. Although they do have a right to change their mind about it later on and request that you come back home. In either scenario you won’t be put into foster care for running away you would likely just be returned home.
    We are here as support to help through this challenging time. We can best help by phone or chat as NRS is unable to respond more than twice by email to assist you. If you would like to talk more in detail please call or chat soon.
    Our contact information is 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929); www.1800runaway.org (click on the chat button).
    If you are at risk of any danger or feeling unsafe, we encourage you to reach out to 911 or seek emergency assistance immediately.
    Be safe,
    NRS

  • Guest
    Guest replied
    I'm gonna turn 17 this year in July and I'm planning on running away a few days after my bday. My home situation isn't good, I mean it's not extremely bad, but it's not good either. My parents once told me that if I ran away they wouldn't call the cops and that if that's what I wanted they wouldn't do anything about it. I still wanna go to school, tho and have a normal life, I do not intend to live on the streets, so my question is, could I be sent into foster care? I'm from Washington state btw. Thanks

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  • ccsmod3
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    Hello and thanks for reaching out on our forum!

    We are really sorry to hear you have been experiencing emotional abuse and neglect. One resource that may be of help in terms of your experience is Childhelp. Feel free to check them out here: https://www.childhelp.org/. No one deserves to experience abuse or neglect, regardless of age. You raise some really great questions in regards to leaving home at 17. We are not legal experts; however, our understanding is that 18 is the age of majority (legal adulthood) in most states. Until that point, you may run the risk of your parents/legal guardians filing you as a runaway/missing juvenile. You mentioned your parents would call the cops if you were a minute over curfew so it sounds like that is a concern of yours.

    You also shared that you get good grades and are on track to graduate high school. In terms of a recording, that might be a better question for legal professionals or police. We would be happy to provide you with contact numbers and could even offer to call out to your local law enforcement or other agencies should you reach out directly via calling 1-800-RUNAWAY or through our Live Chat https://na0messaging.icarol.com/Cons...d=254&cc=en-US. We hope that helps and wish you the best of luck!

    -NRS
    Last edited by ccsmod3; 03-14-2020, 06:33 PM.

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